See What a Soldier Had To Say About Caitlyn Jenner’s Courage Award
When ESPN announced that Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce Jenner) was going to be this year’s recipient of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, many questioned whether her recent gender transition should be regarded as “courageous,” and whether or not this made Caitlyn Jenner an actual “hero.”
The debate raged on, and even after Caitlyn’s terrific acceptance speech at the ESPYs on Wednesday—in which she effectively illustrated to all exactly why she’s a hero—some continue to question her courage and worthiness of the label “hero.”
One of the most popular arguments seems to be that Caitlyn’s heroism pales in comparison to that of firefighters or military personnel. Interestingly enough, there’s one member of the U.S. Army who’d like America to know that, as a member of the military himself, he still believes that Caitlyn’s public transition from male to female, and her efforts to raise awareness of the issues transgendered individuals face on a daily basis does qualify her as a hero.
Here’s the post from the Facebook account of American soldier Joey Vicente:
And here’s a transcript, just in case:
Your negative opinions on Caitlyn Jenner and her deservedness of an award that you didn’t even know about until a few days ago are irrelevant.
Your definition of what or who a hero can or cannot be is irrelevant. 40% of the transgender community have attempted suicide. What if I told you that her speech last night saved even one human being from attempting to take their life. I’d call that a victory on any scale. I’d call that (gasp)… heroic?
You don’t like that a female who used to identify as male got an award at a ceremony run by ESPN? Here’s a hint: get over yourself. You are on the wrong side of history. Like many bigots of the civil rights era, you will one day have to answer for your hate, whether it is to your God, a loved one, or your few hundred Facebook friends that you think give the slightest bit of a shit about what kind of sandwich you ate or what kind of workout you got in today.
You want to voice your opinion? Please, I beg that you do. But in using terms like “freak” or “faggot” you paint a much more vivid picture of yourself than you ever could of Caitlyn Jenner, a human being just now finally finding her comfort zone.
Don’t agree with Joey? Who cares? Like he said, your negative opinions are irrelevant.